More Blue Ridge Parkway Beauty and Thoughts on Parties…

My Artwork

purplebrsunsetcopyrightPurple Sunset on The Blue Ridge     original pastel painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

This Blue Ridge pastel painting is one of my favorites!  The wildflowers and color in the sky create a serene, beautiful mood.  I could never be sad in a place like this!

I have always been what artists call a colorist.  I carefully construct my work according to what I consider to be good principles of art and design but the colors always take off and lead the way in the expression.


Clouds over Buffalo Mountain  11×14   $313.00


Original Painting and Prints on paper or canvas available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

So far I have two painting of Buffalo Mountain.  In this one the mountain with it’s distinctive hump is a little left of center on the bottom.  I am especially pleased with the energetic cloud effect.

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

In yesterday’s blog I mentioned Bob Childress, who is known as the man who moved a mountain.  Here is a little more about him.

Bob Childress was born into the then isolated Buffalo mountain community that was full of violence and alcoholism.  He said his earliest memory was of his mother nursing his illness by holding a rag soaked in whisky to his mouth.

He was unable to attend school and often resorted to violence and began drinking heavily. He vowed to quit drinking after he witnessed a massacre at a court house. He entered law enforcement and eventually became a minister.  He returned to high school at the age of 30 in the same room school as his 6 year old son.

He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1926 and was in demand by churches throughout Virginia and the Eastern United States.  His desire was to return to his Appalachian community to help eradicate the violence and ignorance of the region.

Through his 40 years of ministry he built and led congregations at 6 “Rock Churches” of which 5 remain today.  In 2002, the Churches were submitted to the National Register of Historic Places as the Reverend Robert Childress Presbyterian Churches.

Not bad for a boy from an alcoholic community!

I gained this information from my husband, Clyde Kessler, and from Wikopedia.

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Before I write about something my husband said the other day I want to make sure everyone knows he is very well liked by all that come into contact with him and is one of the most diplomatic people I have ever met.

A few days ago we were talking about parties.  I am a painfully shy person so I don’t really like to be around more than a few people at a time.  My husband is essentially a very nice curmudgeon.

He said he wouldn’t go to his own party!  LOL


Beautiful Buffalo Mountain on The Blue RIdge Parkway and When Pigs Fly by my Window…

My Artwork

buffalocopyrightBuffalo Mountain in Fall

Original Painting 32×40         $2760.00 


Prints on paper or canvas available at KENDALL KESSLER ART

Another gorgeous mountain vista off The Blue Ridge Parkway is Buffalo mountain.  The name comes from the strong hump on the ridge.  Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church was built by the Reverent Robert Childress who was the subject for the book “The Man Who Moved a Mountain”  This is a great book that I highly recommend!

Buffalo Mountain in Fall is one of my favorite Blue Ridge Mountain landscapes.  The colors of light and shade in fall are especially beautiful.  The violet is  intense and it is difficult to paint the atmospheric effect and not lose the cool colors in the warm colors.  They look as if they are floating together in space.

More Blue Ridge Vistas

blueridgeautumncopyrightBlue Ridge Autumn    Original painting has been sold


Prints on paper or canvas available at KENDALL KESSLER ART

violrockyknobcopyrightViolet Evening on Rocky Knob

oil on canvas  16×20   $640.00


Prints on paper or canvas available at KENDALL KESSLER ART

When Pigs Fly by my Window

I am a workaholic.  It is extremely important to me to sell my work.  I can’t take them with me and I hope they will all have homes when I am gone.  I depend on friends to get me out once in a while, but mostly I am either painting or working at promotion strategies.

Saturday I told my self I ought to try to take a break and rest.  Right as that thought was going through my head a pig flew by my window and winked!   Of course, I didn’t take it easy but I did get a lot of work done!

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

You know you live with The New River Valley Bird Man when Lowes calls you up to ask how to get a hawk out of their store.  This happened a few minutes ago and I left a message with Clyde at work since he is away from his desk right now.

I know he will know what to do!